Bob Aronson joins two other artists in a tribute to late artist and educator Stanley Rosenthal at the Galerie Camille in Detroit.
Featured photo courtesy of Bob Aronson
Three artists, linked by a man who provided a haven for them to produce art, will present their work in “Inked: An Exploration of Process,” which will have an opening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Galerie Camille, 4130 Cass Ave., Detroit.
The artists are Bob Aronson, Mary Rousseaux and Vernard Rubens. The man who created a master printmakers workshop at Wayne State University for them was the late Stanley Rosenthal, a dedicated art educator for 46 years.
“Inked” is a tribute to Rosenthal — of the Cleveland Browns hat and suspenders.
“Stanley was a lot of things — a wonderful artist, a bird watcher like me, a gourmet Chinese chef and a really dear friend,” said Aronson, former head of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and current senior development adviser there. “We found each other about 16 years ago, and he made the print studio at WSU available to me on Saturdays, which enabled me to do what I am most passionate about — printmaking.
“That studio is the center of my universe, my second home. About seven years ago, the late Eugene Applebaum, [a Metro Detroit community leader,] dedicated the studio to me; it’s now the Robert Aronson Intaglio Studio. The intaglio room is the only place to make etchings and that’s hard to come by.”
Rousseaux, a painter, runs the studio and is teacher/mentor to Aronson and Rubens. Each has new work represented in the show.
“My theme is places of remembered beauty — landscapes about memory,” said Aronson, who has about 25 pieces in the show, including a large centerpiece that’s a view of the Jezreel Valley, where Federation’s Partnership2Gether region is located.
“This is a celebration of our working together and of Stanley. This is a big deal for me,” Aronson said. “We’re a team. Our work is very different but complements each other.”
Aronson, who marks 30 years at Federation this month, says as he steps away from his job at the end of the year, that “art will be even more important to me.”
“Inked” will show until Nov. 7. Galerie Camille is open from noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Galeriecamille.com.